Do you want to make new things out of old things? Of the Upcycling trend Go on and the imagination knows no bounds. The advantage is obvious: you get new things without having to spend money on them. If you are looking for new play and craft ideas for your kids then you are in the right place. What can you do with a shoe box, we show you below.
What can you do with a shoe box?
From a simple craft material such as shoe boxes can tinker great toys. You can stick on the boxes, paint and decorate according to your mood. Take a look at our great ideas and create something creative together with your children!
Make pizza oven out of shoebox
In addition to putting on makeup and dolls, cooking and baking are among the most popular girl games. For your little princess you can make a simple pizza oven out of a shoebox. Simply make an opening on the wide side of the box so that the flap can fold forward.
Two circles of cardboard serve as oven buttons. To let them turn, you should use round head clamps. Also make a small dash to make the mark for the temperature.
Cheese, salami and olives of felt
The best part is that the child can prepare the pizza himself. Cut out different ingredients of felt: for example, salami and tomato slices of red cloth. Black olives, pink ham cubes, grated cheese, red onion and many other pizza ingredients are ideal.
Marble labyrinth made of simple materials
Not only does crafting fun here! What is a maze labyrinth? This is a small playing field with a labyrinth in which a ball can roll around. Tilting the playing field directs the ball. There is only one way and you can not get lost, but there may be obstacles that the ball should not fall into.
Tinker skill game for kids
For the drinking straw labyrinth you need: many colorful straws, a shoebox lid, a felt or pencil, a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun. The stretcher and the lid can still be covered with washitape and colored paper.
Draw template with pencil
First sketch your labyrinth. You can color the template above or design your own maze. Make sure that the balls have enough space to roll through the corridors.
Using these lines, you should cut your straws and then glue them with the hot glue gun. Cut two more opening and closing openings on the frame.
Table football tinker from shoe box
A mini kicker from an old shoe box makes fun for kids and adults. It’s fast-paced and requires few cheap materials and tools. So you can play your very own foosball tournaments!
The following material is needed: 1 shoebox, 4 sticks, washi tape, 10 wooden clips, green or yellow paper for gluing, fruit or potato net for the gate, white marker, all-purpose glue, scissors, piker, cutter, ruler, polystyrene ball or table tennis ball.
paint the field markings with a white marker
Cut a gate with the cutter into the shoebox on both short sides. Cover the cardboard inside with green construction paper. Draw the lines of the torrents with a white marker. Cover the outside with colored construction paper or paint with acrylic paint.
Using the pencil, mark the position of the holes for the torsion bars. These should be stung at a height of 5.5 cm. Best measure from the midline. In these holes come later the wooden sticks to which wooden clamps are attached.
Wooden clips serve as football players
The wooden sticks should be as long as the carton is wide, plus about 10 cm to each side. Alternatively, you can also use orchid sticks. For safety and a better grip, wine corks are put on the wooden sticks and glued.
Paint the clothespin players as they feel like it or cover them with Washi Tape. Now the figures should be clamped on the bars and fixed with hot glue – exactly as you can see on the picture. It should be half a centimeter between the clip and the bottom of the carton.
Fasten torso bag
Use tape or a staple gun to attach potato or fruit nets to each gate opening. For easy mounting, you can leave such a flap – as shown in the picture above.
Make a door display
Cardboard and metal rings can also be tinkered with a simple door display. Another alternative is two pieces of wire with threaded beads. So you always have the football result at a glance.
Making theater in a shoebox
If you already have some Crafted finger puppets You also need a stage where the children can recite. For a shoe box is also perfect. With Bommeplbordüre and wrapping paper you can put on the simple shoe box.
Making dolls for the theater
Then you can design a fairy tale with the children. Very nice would be different wallpapers for the different scenes. The theatrical figures can also be easily printed out, cut out and on wooden sticks Fasten.
Make treasure chest out of a shoebox
If you want to organize a great birthday party for your child, then consider the motto “Pirate Party” and let the party guests look for treasures. As a basis for the treasure chest a normal shoebox can be taken again. Typical for the treasure chest are the rivets and hinges, as well as the keyhole.
Make a guitar out of a shoebox
Your children would like to learn to play the guitar? Or dress up as rock stars for the next carnival and really compete with the big pop stars? Then try to make a guitar out of shoebox and rubber bands. You will find that this musical instrument actually works from simple household items. Use rubber bands of different thicknesses – the thin ones sound much higher than the thick ones. If you change the tension of the rubber bands, other tones will result.
Make aquarium in a shoebox
If you do not want to have pets, you can make a nice aquarium with your children. First, the shoebox is painted from the inside with water colors or clothed with paper. Then paper, colorful fish, sea animals and plants are cut out.
Craft underwater world in a shoebox
The animals and plants are glued into the shoebox. Some fish are attached to the top of the box with a thin thread. It looks like they are floating in the water.
Cling film instead of Plexiglas wall
On the bottom of the shoebox are still glued shells and small stones. A sand mixture (sand and paste) would be a great idea. The opening that looks towards you at the front can also be closed with a transparent film. It really looks like a real aquarium.
Make a house out of a shoebox
Prefabricated dollhouses are sometimes too expensive and take up too much space. Shoe boxes, on the other hand, are a cheap crafting material. You can also decide on the architecture itself – the dollhouse can also look like a block of flats or like a house with gabled roof.
Make room in the shoebox
A real castle on three floors can be made from several shoe boxes. Simply glue the boxes over each other and use colored paper as wallpaper and carpet. Wallpaper remnants are also ideal.
Real-looking window decors
So you can make each room in the dollhouse different: pink wall paint in the bedroom, yellow in the kitchen, green for the bathroom, etc. The last touch white “baseboards”. A great idea is still to use printed images of windows with a view.
Mini furniture for the dollhouse
It should not always be bought doll house furniture. These can be made super easy: chest of drawers made of wooden boxes, carpet from cake doilies, table from Klorolle and bottle cap, etc. Also look for more ideas online!
Shoebox house with front yard
If you do not want to build a big doll castle, you can also start with a small project – a 4 bedroom apartment with front yard. The cardboard can be glued with paper in stone look and imitate a real stone facade. The lawn here forms a piece of felt and next to it there is a sandpit with a slide.
Decorate dollhouse for Christmas
When the dollhouse is ready, you can also make seasonal decorations together with the child. Whether at Christmas or Easter – the ideas are numerous!